National Trust gala dinner auction called a success

The Cayman Islands National Trust fundraising gala dinner and auction was a success last Saturday night. 

The event, held at Luca Restaurant on West Bay Road, was attended by 140 guests enjoying the night of cocktail reception, silent and live auction and live entertainment provided by Burman Scott and Sue Horrocks. 

Guests enjoyed a three-course dinner after a brief highlight of the National Trust by Governor Duncan Taylor, who said it was terrific to see so much support.  

The auctioneer, James Bebarfald, used his charm and banter to cajole guests into bidding as much as possible for the excellent items on offer – all generously donated by various businesses and individuals. 

Up for bids were items such as a Pandora charm bracelet, cigars watches, diamond ring and a New Orleans jazz and dinner package. A number of people also gave their support to the $5 raffle bag at the chance of winning a guided tour for eight people of the Mastic Trail. 

The night was a great success, said Erika Walton, National Trust development and marketing officer. “It was a fantastic evening enjoyed by all and thanks to everyone involved in making the Gala Dinner and Auction possible.”  

The money raised will go to ensuring Cayman Islands National Trust can continue with its goal of preserving sites of artistic and architectural interest in the Islands and to provide protection for local natural resources and wildlife.  

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Guests clap with Jerry Ming, second from left, after a successful bid on a case of cigars.

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Guests inspect a pandora charm braclet up for bid.

Governor Duncan Taylor Fiona foster Marie Taylor Justice Angus Foster Sandra Dailey

Governor Duncan Taylor with guest Fiona Foster, wife Marie Taylor and Justice Angus Foster and Sandra Dailey. – Photos: Jewel Levy

Christine Rose Smyth Cayman

Christine Rose Smyth makes a bid. – Photos: Jewel Levy

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